Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old Country Schoolhouse Painting

The Old Country Schoolhouse



The idea for this painting comes from old rural schoolhouses that once dotted the back roads of America.  One can still find a few of them, usually at country road intersections, and often turned into small country homes.  I painted this old school house in a quiet field of poppies. The painting continues around the edges of the gallery-wrapped canvas. It is wired and ready to hang.  


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Farm Portrait Painting of an Old Red Barn and White Farmhouse


This is a farm portrait that I was commissioned to paint recently.  This client wanted a simple scene of this lovely old Iowa farm, with its iconic old red barn and traditional foursquare style farmhouse.  They decided on including the large central tree that the drive runs around between the barn and farmhouse, under a blue summer sky full of  white clouds.  

Below are images of the rough sketch and a few views of the painting in progress.  





The painting is almost done at this point. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Farm Painting under a Star Filled Sky



The inspiration for this piece comes from the big, wide open sky that I love so about the country.  I decided on painting the big dipper above this simple farm scene under a sky full of tiny stars.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An Old Swedish Farm as a Contemporary Farm Portrait Painting

I have been too busy to post here for while now.  Currently I am working on a commissioned painting of a custom farm portrait for a client.  This will be a present for their husband so is under wraps for now!  I will plan to post it here on my blog in the future, with my clients ok after it has been delivered.  Here is an example of a previous farm portrait that I painted in the past.  


This portrait was painted for a couple in Sweden of their farm.  They wanted me to include their three pet cats in the scene also.  This was a fun painting to work on!   

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Country Landscape Painting of an Old Midwestern Farm




This the most recent painting off of my easel.  I started this painting back in the winter, but then set it aside, as I was not sure what direction I wanted to go with it.  I looked at it one day in July and realized then what sort of farm landscape scene I wanted for it!  I sometimes do this with a painting and am always happy when the full idea finally comes to me.  I went with one of those blue sky days with a sky full of those "big marshmallow clouds", as a friend once described them in one of my paintings.  Just the kind of beautiful summers day that I love so much in the heartland! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Horse Painting - Across a Quiet Pasture




I came across these horses in a quiet, secluded pasture several years ago.  I painted them into a scene from my imagination earlier this year.  This piece is one of my paintings from the quiet and peaceful American heartland.